Martha “Marta” Virginia Nolin Guagliardo, 89, died on Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, at Taylor Manor Nursing Home in Versailles, Kentucky.
Born on August 15, 1928, in Milford, MA. She was predeceased by her parents Mary Elizabeth Smith Nolin and Gaston Armand Nolin, and her sister Jacqueline Nolin Phillips.
Marta is survived by her loving and beloved husband of 69 years, Vincent S. “Jim” Guagliardo; her sister Claire Engelhart; her five children, Paul (Carolyn), Michele Ralston (Charles); Lisa Ricciardi; David; and Anthony (Rene); her eleven grandchildren; and her 12 great-grandchildren (and one on the way).
Marta was a true Renaissance woman, brilliant, practical, a problem-solver, lover of art, music and acrostic puzzles.
Born in the 1920s of a fearless, French-speaking Quebecois who did not know the meaning of “I don’t know how” and a rural, North Carolina mother who, with her sisters, were all college graduates in the teens of the last century.
She met and fell in love with a handsome WWII vet whose parents emigrated from Italy. Thanks to IBM, Jim, Marta and her three (so far) children were relocated from Marlboro, N.Y. to Lexington in 1957 where they found that most of the other Lexingtonians with vowels at the end of their name were also New York IBMers. Marta and Jim considered themselves very lucky to have ended up in Lexington.
Marta made Jim’s transition from Italian son to husband easier by learning and perfecting “Mama Rosa’s” Italian recipes. Marta’s children’s friends from childhood and college have fond memories of sitting around the Guagliardo kitchen enjoying Marta’s pasta and homemade pizza. Rarely was an invitation to Marta’s dinner turned down. Marta was bright, quick, sarcastic, and funny but also possessed of a generous heart. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Marta’s family wishes to convey their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Taylor Manor Nursing Home for the care and kindness they have shown to Marta during her five year stay and to her husband, “Mr. G,” during his daily dinner visits.
The family will have a private ceremony to honor Marta’s memory. Marta’s family asks that if you are moved to remember her, instead of flowers consider a donation to Taylor Manor Nursing Home, Versailles, Ky. or to the Dementia Society of America.